Do ONE thing for emergency preparedness

Continuing in the tradition established by SAA and Heritage Preservation, FAIC encourages libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay. This year, make sure your institution is prepared!

Need inspiration? Explore this page for suggested preparedness activities, press materials, and information about a prize drawing, courtesy of Gaylord Archival!

Prize Drawing

FAIC has teamed up with Gaylord Archival to offer exciting incentives for organizations who participate in MayDay 2017.

Beginning on May 1, 2017, submit your preparedness activities to FAIC using our online submission form. We'll be accepting submission through May 31, 2017, so make sure that you share your activities with us before then! On June 1, 2017 we'll pick the lucky four institutions who will receive prizes.

Suggested Preparedness Activities

Disaster preparedness doesn’t have to be difficult! You can take simple steps throughout the year toward your goals. Why not start this MayDay? Here are some suggestions:

  • If you have a disaster plan, dust it off and bring it up to date.
  • If you don't have a plan, make a timeline for developing one.
  • Get to know your local firefighters and police. Invite them to tour your institution and give pointers on safety and preparedness. FAIC offers a poster outlining tips for working with emergency responders.
  • Identify the three biggest risks to your collection or building (such as a dust storm, leaking water pipe, heavy snow, or power failure) and outline steps to mitigate them. Use FAIC's tools for risk evaluation.
  • Evaluate your need for a priority contract with a disaster recovery firm.
  • Conduct a building evacuation drill and evaluate the results.
  • Eliminate hazards such as boxes and furniture in hallways, blocked fire exits, or improper storage of paints and solvents.
  • Identify and label priority collections and objects for evacuation during emergencies. Which are most important to your mission, irreplaceable, or most fragile?
  • Register for a free course to learn how your institution fits into existing emergency response protocols. A list is available here.


Press Materials

Facebook Live Session

Monday, May 1st at 2:00 pm EDT

"Working with Disaster Recovery Companies: What You Need to Know"

If your institution is affected by a large-scale disaster, you may very well rely on the services of a disaster recovery company to help get back on your feet. What companies are out there and what services to they offer? How do you vet companies to make sure that they are using responsible techniques in handling and recovering your collections?

Join National Heritage Responder Tara Kennedy to learn some basic principles of salvaging different types of collection materials and which critical questions to ask when entering into (or renewing) contracts with recovery companies. Bring your questions for Tara to answer live!

Get Social

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to see more preparedness tips and ideas for your MayDay activities! Use the hashtag #MayDayPrep to join in the conversation.

Support the Emergency Fund!

In the spirit of action, you can do one thing today – donate -  in support of MayDay and the other vital emergency initiatives run by FAIC. 

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